“A Concert for Unity” features Interlochen alumnus

  • L to R: Silk Road violinist Johnny Gandelsman; Music Director Alan Gilbert on violin; Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Galician bagpipes player Cristina Pato and Edward Perez on bass.
    Photo Credit: Chris Lee

Composer and bassist Edward Perez’s (IAA 93-96, IAC 91-92) original composition, The Latina 6/8 Suite, was performed on stage at David Geffen Hall on June 8, 2017 as part of New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert’s three day season finale.

The Latina 6/8 Suite was performed by Silk Road Ensemble violinist Johnny Gandelsman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Galician bagpipes player Cristina Pato (who conceived and commissioned the piece), Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, Music Director Alan Gilbert on violin and Perez himself on bass.

The Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity is a celebration in honor of Gilbert’s final subscription concerts in his tenure as the Philharmonic’s Music Director. The June 8-10, 2017 program features musicians from orchestra’s around the world performing compositions from a diverse array of composers. Alongside Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, the June 8 lineup included sections from Mahler’s 7th and Philharmonic clarinetist Anthony McGill (IAA 94-96, IAC 91, 93) performing Kinan Azmeh’s Ibn Arabi Postlude.

“I can’t think of any better way to be reunited with Interlochen Arts Academy classmate Anthony McGill.” Said Perez. “It has been an honor to take part in Alan Gilbert’s farewell, an immense pleasure making music with such fantastic musicians from Silk Road [Ensemble] and the New York Philharmonic, and a delight sharing one of my compositions with the audience at David Geffen Hall. Walking into the first rehearsal and greeting an old friend from high school is the icing on the cake!"